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Albert Pujols Headshot

Pujols (foot) said that he is progressing well, but he will certainly not be ready for the Angels' Cactus League debut and is still questionable for Opening Day, the Orange County Register reports.

Pujols -- who wasn't able to run last week -- said that he has been running on an Ultra G treadmill in an effort to reduce the impact on his lower body. He has also been swinging in the cages and reported no soreness afterwords. These are all promising signs after the slugger underwent foot surgery in December. The Angels will likely play it cautious with Pujols and we may not not see much -- if any -- of him in spring training games.
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Ryan Miller Headshot

Miller will be between the pipes for Sunday's tilt against the Flyers.

The veteran has looked good lately, with a stellar .936 save percentage and 2.26 GAA in his last four games. He seems primed to continue that hot streak, because Philly ranks 23rd in the league with 2.29 goals per game on the road this year.
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Scott Kazmir Headshot

Kazmir (ribs) threw a 25-pitch batting practice session on Sunday and showed no signs of injury, Ken Gurnick of reports.

This is an encouraging report from Dodgers' camp, as Kazmir's 2016 season ended prematurely due to intercostal spasms. It sounds like he's progressed well since then. If healthy, the 33-year-old could occupy the team's No. 5 spot in the starting rotation to start the season.
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Josh Harrison Headshot

The Pirates could use Harrison as a utility player if Jung-Ho Kang (personal) is forced to miss time, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "I do think there is a buy-in (to move) that's real with him," manager Clint Hurdle said. "I do think his versatility can help him."

Harrison had his career season in 2014 when he moved around the infield and outfield. Perhaps more importantly, he says he's recovered from a torn thumb ligament. Harrison underwent surgery in July of 2015 and never fully recovered in 2016. "If it was cold or if I didn't hit a ball right, just rolling over that joint sometimes would be painful enough to where I would know that it was still there," Harrison said. He followed a normal offseason program this past winter. "I was able to get after it like I wanted to, without any reservations," Harrison said. The 28-year-old hit .283 with a career-high 19 stolen bases last year but compiled a woeful .699 OPS.
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Kendrys Morales Headshot

Morales worked a lot of his defense during the offseason in preparation for a possible platoon role at first base, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

Morales seems optimistic about playing a bit more on defense in 2017 than he has in recent seasons, but manager John Gibbons made clear Saturday that Morales playing the field is not part of the plan. "He came here to DH," Gibbons said. "Of course you play interleague games, he'll get those games at first, but that's not his job, that's not why he was brought here. We'll get him out there occasionally." The important note to take away from the coach's comments is that Morales won't lose at-bats during interleague play, putting the 33-year-old on track for a third-straight season of 550-plus at-bats.
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Brad Hand Headshot

Manager Andy Green said that Hand will make the Opening Day roster as a member of the Padres' bullpen.

Hand had his best season as a professional last season in San Diego (2.92 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 21 holds), something that many pitchers experience when becoming a Padre. It was more than just ballpark factor that contributed to his newfound success, as his strikeout rate (11.2) and FIP (3.12) experienced tremendous growth while the rest of his metrics remained relatively constant. The biggest change Hand made last season was relying on his curveball more than he has in year's past. He threw his bender 31.4 percent of the time last season compared to 15.1 percent the year prior. Hand will look to repeat his 2016 success and should be a decent source of holds in either a seventh or eighth inning role this year.
21 minutes ago
Ryan Buchter Headshot

Butcher was one of four pitchers manager Andy Green said were locks for the back end of his Opening Day bullpen.

Butcher was the Padres' best southpaw out of the pen last season, posting a 2.86 ERA and an 11.1 K/9 while collecting 20 holds. He should serve a similar role this season as the team's left-handed setup man and be a decent source of holds in leagues that count them.
36 minutes ago
Taylor Fedun Headshot

Fedun was sent to AHL Rochester after clearing waivers Sunday.

The defenseman has a mediocre seven points in 25 games in the NHL this year, so he could use a trip to the minors to get himself back into the zone. Given that he's been up in the NHL for most of the year, if Buffalo needs a blueliner, Fedun is a likely call up candidate.
38 minutes ago
Matt Murray Headshot

Murray will start between the pipes Sunday against the Red Wings, Pens Inside Scoop reports.

Murray lost his last start in overtime despite allowing just two goals on 39 shots in the contest. He's 2-0-1 in his last three starts, allowing just three total goals, and will look to carry that momentum into Sunday's matchup. The 22-year-old netminder takes on a Detroit team that's lost five of its last six games.
43 minutes ago
Justin Schultz Headshot

Schultz (concussion) will likely miss his second straight game Sunday.

The defender suffered a concussion after a hit by Dustin Byfuglien along the boards Thursday. There hasn't been any sort of timetable for return, but some have speculated that Schultz won't be out for an extended period.
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